Post # 1
Just curious to know how your life has changed in this area since baby? Our son is almost 5 months old & while we get out a lot more now than we did when he was brand new, we still don’t get out near as much as we did pre-baby. (I don’t mean GO OUT, as in party, I just mean get out of the house in general: shopping, out to eat, etc). Also, we don’t get out individually as much as we did, especially to do FUN things. On our days off (we each have 2 days off per week, but only ONE day off together) we run errands, grocery shop, etc. There’s just not much time for individual hobbies & relaxing, even on “days off”. Plus packing up & getting the car seat, diaper bag, stroller, etc all together is sometimes a hassle, so I find myself unmotivated to do it. On our day off together, sometimes we’ll go out as a family, but sometimes hubby will watch baby so I can go somewhere or vice versa. It’s just waaaay different now. We had date night last night & it was great. We actually had a babysitter (we don’t have much family close by) so we went & had dinner, just the 2 of us, & had some re-connect time. We talked about lots of stuff, from our dating days, past vacations, etc & of course our son 🙂 I’m hoping to do that at least once a month. So tell me, are you more of a homebody after baby?
Post # 2
I definitely find myself to stay home a lot more now. My daughter is only 7.5 weeks and I try to get us out a couple times a week just so I don’t go insane. She likes to go out in her stroller, she falls asleep easily and it gives me something to do. But the rest of the time we just stay home and gets repetitive.
Post # 3
We stay home a bit more, but it’s more out of choice than necessesity. I love being in our cozy home with my DH and DS, especially since this winter has been so crappy. I probably woulnd’t have gone out much this winter even if I didn’t have a 5 month old.
Both of our parents are local, so we actually get a lot of date nights and time alone because they always want to watch the baby. But we usually just go for dinner and then we’re back home. Neither of us have a desire to stay out late, probably because of a mix of exhaustion, not wanting our parents to stay too late, and just wanting to be home in our PJs relaxing.
Weekends are usually filled with relaxing and errands. I think once the weather gets nice, we’ll spend more time outside going to the park, zoo, and just walking around town.
Post # 4
I write this on the train back home from a night out with my girlfriends. We have a 4.5 month old. We have gone out on 4-5 date nights and let each other go out at least every other week while the other watches the baby. We get out of the house most days because otherwise I’d go crazy.
Life has definitely changed. We go out for morning/afternoon outings more now, errands,etc. I see friends once or twice a week. But even now, on my night out, I’m anxious to get back home to get some sleep. When i go out i definitely feel older than I used to. It’s 11pm and I know I probably won’t get to bed until 11:45. Eek! No more closing the bars for me!
Post # 5
We have a high needs 4 month old, and no family or friends nearby (we moved across country last year). We don’t get out nearly as much. When we do, it’s usually to lunch and only for 2 hours at the most.
Other than when I go to work, yesterday was the first time I have been away from my baby for more than an hour and had some alone time. I called out of work after an extremely long night with DD, and my DH took her to a St. Patty’s parade for 4 hours. I just slept.
My mom is coming to visit next month, and she’s going to send us out while she watches the baby. I CAN’T WAIT!
Having a baby with no family around to help is so difficult. We’re probably going to move back to California this year.
Post # 6
I definitely was more of a homebody up until it became way easier to be out with our son. My son hated his car seat for so long that we avoided having to go anywhere. It wasn’t fun for any of us! But now that he does much better in it, we try to get out during the weekends and have some fun. My husband and I aren’t quite at that place where we want to be away from our son too much so we’ve only been out on dates a couple of times and last week, we went shopping just the two of us for the first time since our son has been born. He’s almost 11 months now!